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The Diamond Throne: The Elenium, Book 1 | [David Eddings]

The Diamond Throne: The Elenium, Book 1

Sparhawk, the Pandion Knight and Queen's Champion, returns from a long spell of exile to find his native land overrun with evil and intrigue, and his young Queen grievously ill. Indeed, Ehlana lies magically entombed within a block of crystal, doomed to die unless a cure can be found within a year.
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Publisher's Summary

Sparhawk, the Pandion Knight and Queen's Champion, returns from a long spell of exile to find his native land overrun with evil and intrigue, and his young queen grievously ill. Indeed, Ehlana lies magically entombed within a block of crystal, doomed to die unless a cure can be found within a year.

But as Sparhawk and his allies - who include Sephrenia, the ageless sorceress, and Flute, the strange and powerful girl-child - seek to save Ehlana and the land, they discover that the evil is even greater and more pervasive than they had feared.

Listen to another gem in David Edding's Elenium series.

©1989 David Eddings; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[A] graceful, fluid style of storytelling." (Publishers Weekly)
"[Eddings] draws once more on his particular strengths, combining heroic yet humorous characters with exotic settings and tangled politics to create a fast-moving fantasy that will appeal to his large readership." (Library Journal)

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    Patrick Adelaide, Australia 08-04-08
    Patrick Adelaide, Australia 08-04-08 Member Since 2010

    A Science Fiction fan since I could read.. and to a lesser degree Fantasy.... I however enjoy many types of books......

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    "A book to make you laugh & cry outloud!!!"

    I've lost coun't how many time I've read this book. Now the pleasure of listening. David Eddings brings his stories to life, with love. Sit back & enjoy this rolcking tale... but beware this is only book one!!! David does love his cliff hangers!!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    j 01-30-14
    j 01-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Narration performance is not up to par for Eddings"
    If you could sum up The Diamond Throne in three words, what would they be?

    Superb! Engaging! Terrific!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character personalities and the smart dialogue


    What didn’t you like about Greg Abby’s performance?

    It was just flat overall, and not believable, often difficult to distinguish one character from the other if the name wasn't given. The emotions were not performed in alignment with the various moods and situations. My favorite part however was when Sparhawk and company visit Ashram (I think that's the name) the crazy, toothless, fanatical cult leader toward the end of the book- the performance of Ashram's voice sounded exactly like Jim Carey doing Fire Marshall Bill! Absolutely comical...


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I love David Eddings- that's my only reaction


    Any additional comments?

    This should have never been released with this poor quality narration performance- not slamming the guy maybe he just needs more experience. Suggest that when handling rich fictional works like Eddings, test samples of at least one chapter be done for test audiences before slaughtering the whole book and no less the whole series- a real shame.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Rosebud, Australia 03-18-13
    Diana Rosebud, Australia 03-18-13
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    "Great read"
    What did you love best about The Diamond Throne?

    I read this book series in paperback several times over the year and it is a firm favourite of mine. I was delighted to find it in audible format. I am not as fond of the later Eddings books but is one has characters I like and I like the interaction between the characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't think I have one. It's the cast of strong characters and their interaction that keeps drawing me back to this book series.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Greg Abby?

    Only if I had to because he was the only option and I wanted to hear the story. I found his accent off putting and some of his pronouncations weird.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It's an old friend I just love immersing myself in this world.


    Any additional comments?

    There was some low background conversation at times that I found very distracting. Not loud enough to ignore, but certainly very distracting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Todd A. Howard Evansville, IN United States 03-11-13
    Todd A. Howard Evansville, IN United States 03-11-13

    Dark Shadows fanatic

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    "reader is adequate, book is good"
    Would you listen to The Diamond Throne again? Why?

    Yes, I like the story and the characters.


    What three words best describe Greg Abby’s performance?

    mispronounces many words


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Abby's voices for the characters are good, but he has a faulty grasp of the pronunciation of a number of words over two syllables. One is "impudent," of which he accents the "pu", and another is "ramshorn," which should be pronounced "rams-horn" and not "ram-shorn." This word occurs in the 2nd and 3rd books of the series, repeatedly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ken 02-27-13
    Ken 02-27-13 Member Since 2014

    I absolutely love my audible account, makes its from enjoying a book to loving the stories found in the books. Do forgive my errors in the reviews i do have dyslexia but i will share my love with everyone

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    "the queens champion has a mission"

    on his return from exile, Sparhawk a Pandion Knight finds the newly appointed queen is deathly sick, the Preceptor of the order and his tutor of magic has joined with eleven others to entomb her in a case of magical diamond to preserve her life. the Primate Annias churchman of the city in blocking there every move to become the head of the whole church.

    David Eddings strikes out with a new adventure, where magic can be learned by anyone but the race of Elene people so anti magic they get vicious, even its church does not believe in magic. but the four orders of the Knights of the Church has special permission to learn the magic of the Styrics.

    to be able to change his magic to fit into this new world is amazing. it is so different from what he had before. I absolutely love the way he makes the quest important and with a set timeline.

    feel free to start with this book the personalities are great and the Eddings do a great job of creating so many different cultures in a novel with each race having its quirks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    erudite 02-11-13
    erudite 02-11-13

    doggylover

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    "Loved the story, narrator ruined it for me"

    I've read all the Eddings books and was delighted to find the audiobook. The narrator ruined it for me with the overacting. It was like that voice you hear in the previews before a movie, "In a world with two-legged pigeons, he only had one leg...", you know the one I mean. Yes, now imagine that the entire book is read like that. Exaggeration, yes; if even half the book was read that way it is enough to set one's teeth on edge. I just could not finish it. I'll purchase this again if it is by another narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Colorado Springs, CO, United States 02-11-13
    Kimberly Colorado Springs, CO, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Love the story but the narrator needed work!"
    Any additional comments?

    I have have enjoyed this series for years but this is my first listen on audiobook. I have to say I am so disappointed that the narrator didn't bother to learn the correct pronunciation of words and names. It seems so elementary an idea to get the basics right. Each time he mangles a name or word it jars you from the story. Additionally, his voice portrayal of several of the characters are so incongruous to the story. There was so much potential to bring this story to life but it fell short. The narrator is not without talent but was apparently lacking in direction. Still love the books but I'm unsure if I can continue to listen to the audio version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AvidReader91 WA, United States 11-27-12
    AvidReader91 WA, United States 11-27-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Good story, so-so narrator"

    I first encountered this story in the early 1990's, and have re-read it many times. It remains one of my favorite fantasy series. Sparhawk's quest to find the cure to his queen's illness is filled with entertaining characters, sufficiently vile antagonists, and plenty of suspense. There are a few twists and turns to keep you guessing, as well.

    Anyone who is familiar with the Belgariad will recognize specific roles (comic relief / older advisor / young rogue, etc.) It's sort of fun to analyze the characters in comparison to the other series, trying to pinpoint how they correlate. There's a lot of overlap. There's also plenty similarity in the larger, over-arcing storyline - simple human (Garion / Sparhawk), powerful artifact (Aldur's orb / Bhelliom), and evil God (Torak / Azash). Anyone who enjoyed Eddings' earlier series will likely also enjoy this one (and its sequel).

    While the narrator did a reasonable job, it was not easy to distinguish between different characters' voices. This could make conversations rather hard to follow. My other complaint with the audio version has to do with pronunciations. Having such a familiarity with the book has a few drawbacks, especially when it comes to my internal pronunciation of names, places, and so on. I was constantly jarred by oddly accented words here, a strangely pronounced name there. I would estimate that a good 50% of the names in the book were said differently than I had imagined them. I don't claim to be an expert on how David Eddings intended things to be pronounced, but it made it more difficult for me to enjoy the book as much as I had hoped. Others will likely have a different experience, but if you are wary of things like this or have previously read the book, I recommend listening to the sample audio clip, to see if you like the narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Upper Coomera, Australia 11-05-12
    Steven Upper Coomera, Australia 11-05-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointing narration."
    What would have made The Diamond Throne better?

    Consistent pronunciation of names.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Khalad. The most practical and likeable character.


    What didn’t you like about Greg Abby’s performance?

    Pronunciation. The distinguishing voices attributed to characters didn't match the tone described in the story. In particular, Aphrael always sounded smug and insulting rather than roguish and loveable.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    A good story, but butchered by narrator.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha 10-30-12
    Samantha 10-30-12
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    "Revisiting old friends"

    I've read this book series a few times and found the audio versions recently. I also have the Belgariad series on audio book (read by Cameron Byerly). It took some getting used to having another person read David Eddings stories. Greg Abby has a different reading style than what I got used to with the Belgariad series. However, once he got into the different characters it got much better. During The Diamond Throne, Mr. Abby was getting to know the characters and it took a while for the flow to happen where the characters didn't all sound the same. All in all a good narrator once he got comfortable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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